With summer officially here, one area community celebrated, while raising money for its future.
It's a tradition for Tammy Jungerberg's family and hundreds of others, to come to the Fall Creek Fun Fest for the floats, feast, family and friends.
“Every June, we mark off our calendar this weekend that it's the fall creek fun days,” Jungerberg said. “Everybody gets together, and it's good for the kids.”
Proceeds, which end up being about $8,000 to $10,000, go to the Fall Creek Lions Club, to pay for community projects, according to its president Ed Nogosek.
“We just put a new bathroom, kitchen, and two pavilions here; we're about finished with that,” Nogosek said.
“We had lots of volunteers, helping us put it up. Lions members, pavers to help with the foundation,” Lions board member Richard Knudtson said.
The Lions finished the three-year, nearly $70,000 project with donated labor earlier this month, and will use the weekend's profits to fund what's been finished, for future plans in fall creek, and to help others,” Nogosek said.
“All the money we have, we spend for public service,” Knudtson said.
“They made that new bathroom there coming into town on Highway 12, so what the lions club does for the community is really great,” Jungerberg said.
“We raise money to send kids to camp and ... If somebody needs a pair of glasses, can't afford it, that's right up our alley,” Knudtson said.
The younger generation got sweet rewards.
“You get tons of candy and you get Frisbees and beach balls,” eight-year-old John Hakes said.
The older generations had a chance to carry on a tradition of community.
“I moved here in 1953 and they had (the festival) then already,” Knudtson said.
“You gotta have something to keep the community going, otherwise it goes downhill.”
“I'm thrilled, totally thrilled. I think it's just wonderful that the people came out to support us and it's not just the people from Fall Creek,” Nogosek said.
The Lions Club president said future projects could include upgrading kitchen equipment at the park. The fun fest happens every year on the third weekend in June.